With effect from the 8th April 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. This means that XP PCs are more vulnerable to security threats such as viruses, etc.
If you have an XP PC and haven't already taken any additional steps to protect it then you need to act promptly to remain safe in particular when working online.
There has also been a lot of advice published in the press and online as to the steps you need to take in order to keep your PC safe from security threats.
If you are unsure of what to do you should take advice from an IT professional either from within your organisation or from a third party vendor.
It is important that you keep the software on your PC up-to-date. New ways to attack computers are being developed daily by criminals. Software providers are constantly monitoring these new potential threats to their products. As such they release regular updates to their products with the aim being to limit or prevent any new security threat to their software. By keeping your PC software up-to-date you lower the potential risk faced from criminal attacks.
Most of the common operating systems software i.e. software supplied by Microsoft, Apple, etc. have an inbuilt automated download process which will download critical updates for you when you connect to the Internet. For further information on these processes please consult the official website of the software provider in question.
Most computers can be set to update automatically every day. If you are unsure as to how to update your computer’s software you should consult a computer expert to assist you.
You can update your operating system at the following websites.
Please note: Clicking on the link(s) below will take you to an external website. Your use of the external website is subject to the terms of that website.
If you are a Microsoft user you can update your computer at: http://update.microsoft.com/.
If you are a 'MAC' user you can update your computer at: http://www.apple.com/uk/support/.